County awarded added $4 million for road work

Published 5:47pm Monday, July 29, 2013

Elmore County will benefit from $4 million worth of new pavement on certain county roads after it was awarded additional grant funds from the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP).
ATRIP is the largest road and bridge improvement program in Alabama’s history.
The $4 million is in addition to the money it earned during the initial ATRIP grants announced by Gov. Robert Bentley in February.
“We are very fortunate to have an engineer like Richie Beyer who is so capable to present plans and make deadlines so the county can benefit through programs such as ATRIP,” said Joe Faulk, Elmore County Commission Chairman.
The more than $4 million the county was awarded earlier this week was part of $372 million awarded to 45 counties statewide.
“ATRIP is making a difference in every county across the state by allowing much-needed road and bridge improvement projects to move forward,” Bentley said. “As we make these improvements, we’re improving public safety, and we’re also helping attract more jobs.”
The county will have to match 20 percent of the awarded amount, which will be around $1 million, according to Beyer.
Beyer said the county turned in seven roads which were in dire need of repaving at a cost of $9.2 million.
“We are pleased to get whatever we could get,” Beyer said. “Now we just need to sit down and figure out what we need to do.”
Two of the roads are within the city limits of Tallassee and Prattville, so an agreement has already been hammered out in regard to repair of those two roads.
“We know we’ve got those two to fix, so then we’ll sit down and look at the others.”
Beyer said the county has 30 days to send the state a detailed plan of how the money will be distributed for the roads before any work can begin.
The roads Beyer submitted to the state were Weoka Road, Balm Road – Mt. Zion north to Alabama Highway 9, Chapel Road, Grier Road, Hogan Road, Pierce Chapel Road and Ingram Road.
The road in Prattville is part of Cobbs Ford Road and in Tallassee is Friendship Road.
In early February, the county was awarded funding for 16 roads equalling 82 miles to be resurfaced.
Six of the 16 projects are for widening and resurfacing, while the other 10 are for patching, resealing and restriping.

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